All in all it was a nice outcome
tonight for the Cyclones. Although I would have liked to have seen
*Hilton was a lot more electric than the last game against the EA Sports All-Stars. I think this crowd is still in football mode and they're primed for Saturday night but it was nice to have a nice atmosphere. Cyclone Alley was actually doing chants in the first half so that's always a good sign considering it's an exhibition.
*Will Blalock gets quicker every time I see him play. Will had 20 points tonight.
*Rahshon Clark is like a man
possessed on the offensive boards.
*It looks to me like Jon Neal has his confidence back this year. He just looks like a different player to me this year. I think he's going to have a nice little season for the Clones and they're going to need him to step up. He played some nice defense and stepped up and took a charge in the first half.
*Early in the first half, Coach
Morgan called on Jiri Hubalek to come into the game. Hubalek took off his
warm-up and revealed that he didn't have his jersey on. Hubalek ran back into
the locker room, got his jersey and Hilton went crazy when he came back. This
will go down as one of the best bloopers of the year. Jiri has shown the ability
to hit down a mid-range jumper. He's going to be a nice fit for
*Nothing is funnier than when Cyclone Alley does the left, right thing, when the opposing team has a player that fouls out. I think the entire crowd is participating this year. If it was this loud in an exhibition, think about what it will be like when a Hawkeye fouls out.
*It looked to me like Curtis Stinson really got his legs under him in the second half. He was playing with a lot more energy and control than he did in the first half. Curtis had some great assists in the second half and that's a great sign. He's really taking on the leadership role nicely. Curtis ended up with 14 points.
*I was really happy with how spread out the scoring was for the Clones tonight. Four players in double figures is always a nice stat to have.
*Tasheed Carr is one of the most emotional players I've ever seen. I love it! In the second half, he got called for a touch foul and it sounded like he was doing the good ole Ric Flair, "Whooooooo!." Tasheed ended up with 12 points tonight.
Other notable statistics:
*Marsden had four points and four rebounds.
*Jessan Gray had four points and a rebound.
Look at Cyclonenation.com later on for a complete story and stats from the game tonight.